Sunday, January 11, 2015

Daring Success and Failure

Surely this is science fiction:

photo of massive Space-X Remote Drone Landing BargeMan dares to safely land first stage rocket booster, in an upright standing position, on an unmanned drone barge in the ocean.  The booster hits too hard and crashes.   Elon Musk tweets, "Close, but no cigar."

It is not science fiction, and as a National Geographic article puts it...

Failure is an Option

The failed attempt is part of the efforts of a bold agent of change, Elon Musk (see my Jan 5th blog --Transformational Change) who planned the test booster landing as part of what NASA called a flawless mission launch to re-supply the International Space Station.  Here is an example of a man who has set out to change everything about the way we launch into space and think about space travel.

Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.--Winston Churchill
Some businesses have made efforts to institutionalize the power of failure by creating Walls of Failure within their offices. Workers post their failures and what they learned from the experience.  The practice keeps others from repeating the same mistakes.

The takeaway here is not to let fear of failure keep you from acting on what matters.  Instead, plan on it as part of the process.

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.--Michael Jordan

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